Encoding

Video and audio encoding

Fixing Aspect Ratios for MP4/M4V Videos

A squished or stretched video can ruin one’s viewing experience. Normally correcting bad aspect ratios involves manually changing your TV, computer, or application’s aspect ratio or at worst case re-encoding the entire video. This article describes how to permanently change the aspect ratio of any MP4/M4V video within seconds. Download,...

Automated Video Processor (AVP)

Videos purchased from iTunes come in standard and or high definition, perfectly formatted for your iDevice, and include features like cover art, movie ratings, description, cast and crew names, subtitles, and more. While purchasing from iTunes is convenient, it can quickly grow to an unacceptable expense (especially if you already...

Adding or Removing Subtitles within MP4/M4V Videos

Whether you need to add that foreign subtitle because your distant relatives are visiting or need to remove them because your DVD/Blu-ray ripper has gone crazy, adding/removing subtitles on the Mac is a snap. Adding Subtitles Download and install Subler If you need subtitles, download your SRT (subtitle file) from...

HandBrake No Valid Source Found Error

Fixing Handbrake’s “No Valid Source Found” Error

HandBrake is my tool of choice for video conversion.  Its free, easy to use, and reliable.  Reliable, until it errors with a message of “No Valid Source Found” after selecting your source video.  Here are some of the common fixes to this error: Ensure you have a valid source Sometimes...

Ripping a DVD movie to a single VOB

There are many programs that will convert DVD movies to video files, playable on devices like iPhones, iPod’s, PSP’s, etc.  While those programs are convenient, they are also typically limited in advanced functionality, cost money, and or come filled with spyware.  In addition, a lot of these programs only convert unprotected DVD’s (ex. home movie...

Encoding high quality videos for XBMC

For high quality (low pixelization, smooth video, on a 46 inch 1080P LCD),  at a reasonable size (ex. 1GB per full length movie), with minimal effort (rip DVD in one app, encode in a few clicks with another): Animated videos like Spongebob Rip to single VOB with DVDFab Choose DVD...